NEWS from the Manchester Historic Association

NEWS from the Manchester Historic Association
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Thursday this week
Open Doors Arts and Cultural Tour
Thursday, April 25, 2013
5:00 pm.-8:00 pm.
FREE Admission
Hop on the trolley and visit art galleries and museums in the city including the Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, Art 3 Gallery, Langer Place, New Hampshire Institute of Art, E.W. Poore Framing-Art Studio-Art Gallery, Studio 550 and Framers Market. The theme for the night is “Crazy Hat Night.” Join in on the theme and be eligible to enter raffles with great prizes at each venue. The trolleys stop at these locations approximately every 20-30 minutes throughout the evening.
For details and to download the map:
Lecture: “The John Stark House – A Moving Experience”
Saturday, May 4, 2013
10:30 a.m. at the Millyard Museum
Free with admission; Manchester Historic Association members and volunteers are admitted free
Reservations are requested, please call (603) 622-7531
Archibald Stark was deliberate in locating his solid little house on the Merrimack River at the head of Amoskeag Falls, intending to discourage encroachment upon fishing rights by outsiders.  But more than two centuries later, the house itself faced encroachment, this time by the State of New Hampshire. How would Archibald’s son, John Stark, the famous Revolutionary War General, have dealt with such adversity? In 1968 the Molly Stark Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, owners of the historic structure, recognized the challenge before them. In Yankee tradition they battled to save the beloved home. This presentation documents the “moving” details of that undertaking!  Light refreshments will be served.
The presenter is Phyllis Gagnon, the Treasurer of the Molly Stark Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She is also a regular volunteer for the Manchester Historic Association.
May 4th is Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Manchester Historic Association!  This program will include a tribute to our organization’s volunteers. If you are interested in learning about volunteering for the Association, please call (602) 622-7531, or speak with our staff in person the next you visit the Millyard Museum or the Research Center.
An Armchair Tour of New Hampshire’s Black History Sites
Saturday, May 11, 2013
10:30 a.m.
FREE Admission
Valerie Cunningham’s “tour” covers more than a dozen cities and towns from the Seacoast to the North Country, with stories about Africans and African Americans who have lived and worked in the state since the 17th century. Additional information will be available for attendees who would like to learn more about specific places and people. Ms. Cunningham is an independent researcher, historic preservationist and local author. Her work established the African American Collection at the University of New Hampshire Dimond Library and has earned her many awards. Light refreshments will be served.
This program is generously sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Who Won the War of 1812?
New Hampshire’s Forgotten Patriot Pirates
Saturday, June 8, 2013
10:30 a.m.
FREE Admission
When was the War of 1812? That’s a trick question, but if you don’t recall America’s “Forgotten War” with England, you are not alone. Two hundred years ago, with only 17 armed ships, a youthful United States declared war on the world’s largest navy (over, 1,000 warships). Then we invaded Canada. That didn’t go well. In retaliation the British burned Washington, DC to the ground. So how come we think we won? J. Dennis Robinson offers an upbeat, often irreverent, slideshow on New Hampshire’s reluctant role in “Mr. Madison’s War” with special emphasis on the bold privateers who swarmed out of the state’s only seaport. Robinson is the author of over 1,000 articles on New Hampshire history and culture. He has received honors from the American Association of State and Local Libraries for his books on Strawbery Banke and the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel. Light refreshments will be served.
This program is generously sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
21st Annual Historic Preservation Awards
The 21st Annual Historic Preservation Awards dinner held on Wednesday, April 17 was a great success!  Nine deserving honorees were presented with awards. Their accomplishments in preserving Manchester’s history, buildings and traditions was celebrated by all. We are grateful to John Clayton for serving as Honorary Chair, and to Ed Brouder for once again serving as the Master of Ceremonies. We are also grateful to everyone who bought tickets, sponsored tables, and participated in the auction. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Manchester Historic Association, a charitable nonprofit organization, in many ways.
To view download a PDF file of the Program Book, visit our “News & Images” page on our website for the link:
For a slide show of the honorees and the event:
We thank the generous corporate sponsors who made the dinner possible:
Dinner Sponsors – $2,500
Central Paper Products Company, Inc.
RBC Wealth Management – Gregory G. Hood
Corporate Partners – $1,250
Centrix Bank
Elm Grove Companies
Public Service of New Hampshire
Saint Anselm College
Corporate Contributors – $500
Catholic Medical Center
The Harbor Group, Inc.
Lavallee Brensinger Architects
Market Basket / Demoulas Super Markets, Inc.
St. Mary’s Bank
Corporate Friends – $250
Altos Marketing, LLC
The Anagnost Companies
Baker Newman Noyes, LLC, Certified Public Accountants
Berry Dunn
Donais Law Offices, PLLC
J. Ellen Design, LLC
McDowell’s Auto Body, Inc.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium
Puritan Backroom Restaurant
Upton & Hatfield, LLP Attorneys at Law
WMUR-TV Channel 9
Media Sponsors
Girard at Large – 90.7 FM WLMW
New Hampshire Union Leader
We also wish to thank everyone who assisted in organizing the event, and all who attended. We know you join us in looking forward to next year’s Historic Preservation Awards dinner!
The Manchester Historic Association is a private tax-exempt charitable 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization with the mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester, New Hampshire USA. The Association’s Millyard Museum is located at 200 Bedford Street, in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The organization’s Research Center is located at 129 Amherst Street in the Victory Park Historic District. The Research Center is open to the public on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appointment.  Please call (603) 622-7531 for more information, or visit the website
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Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at